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Testing The E-Class: 9 Pentium 4 Motherboards With The 845E Chipset
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Manufacturer Abit Aopen Asus Biostar Gigabyte
Model IT7 AX4B Pro-533 P4B533-E P4TDK GA-8IEXP
Chipset
Socket mPGA478 mPGA478 mPGA478 mPGA478 mPGA478
Clock (CPU/Bus) 2271.45 / 133.18 2271.82 / 133.64 2271.56 / 133.42 2260.21 / 132.95 2277.61 / 133.98
Northbridge i845E i845E i845E i845E i845E
Southbridge i82801DB i82801DB i82801DB i82801DB i82801DB
Northbridge Fan no no no no yes
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Memory
Maximum RAM 2048 MB 2048 MB 2048 MB 2048 MB 2048 MB
DIMM-Sockets 3, DDR 3, DDR 3, DDR 4, DDR 3, DDR
Memory Type DDR-SDRAM, unbuffered DDR-SDRAM, unbuffered DDR-SDRAM, unbuffered DDR-SDRAM, unbuffered DDR-SDRAM, unbuffered
ECC-Support no no no no no
Standard Components
Size (LxH) 305 x244 mm 305 x 244 mm 305 x 244 mm 305 x 244 mm 305 x 230 mm
PCI Slots 4x 32 Bit 6x 32 Bit 6x 32 Bit 6x 32 Bit 6x 32 Bit
AGP 4x 4x 4x Pro 4x 4x
AGP Card Lock yes yes no yes yes
ACR / AMR / CNR 0 / 0 / 0 0 / 0 / 1 0 / 0 / 1 (optional) 0 / 0 / 1 0 / 0 / 1
Parallel Ports 0 1 1 1 1
Serial Ports 0 2 2 2 2
USB internal/external 2/6 (USB 2.0 4/2 (USB 2.0) 4/2 (USB 2.0) 2/4 (USB 2.0) 2/4 (USB 2.0)
Fan Headers 5 3 3 2 3
IDE Controller 2x UltraATA/100 2x UltraATA/100 2x UltraATA/100 2x UltraATA/100 2x UltraATA/100
Additional Components
Piezo Speaker OnBoard yes yes no yes no
Wake on LAN (WOL) yes yes yes yes yes
Wake on Modem (WOM) yes yes yes yes yes
IrDA-Port yes yes yes yes yes
Chassis Intrusion Detection yes yes yes no yes
Temperature Monitoring CPU, System CPU, System CPU, System CPU CPU
Fan Status Monitoring 3 of 5 all (3) all (3) all (2) all (3)
100 Mbit Network Controller Realtek RTL-8100B Realtek RTL-8100BL Intel 82562ET no Intel 82562ET
IDE RAID Controller HighPoint HPT374, 4-Ch. Promise PDC20275, ATA/133 Promise PDC20276, ATA/133 no Promise PDC20276, ATA/133
Firewire-Controller Texas Instruments no NEC VIA VT6306 VIA VT6306
SCSI-Controller no no no no no
Sound System
Type AC97 AC97 PCI AC97 PCI
Manufacturer / Chip Realtek ALC650 Realtek ALC650 C-Media CMI8738 C-Media CMI9738 Creative CT5880
5.1 Surround yes yes yes 4-Ch. yes
Internal Connectors CD-in, AUX-in CD-in, AUX-in, SPDIF-out AUX-in, Modem-in, CD-in CD1-in, CD2-in CD-in, AUX-in
External Connectors In, Out, Micro, Rear, Subwoofer, SPDIF-Out (opt.) In, Out, Micro, Gameport In, Out, Micro, SPDIF-in, SPDIF-out In, Out, Micro In, Out, Micro, SPDIF-in, SPDIF-out
Setup
CPU Config BIOS BIOS BIOS BIOS / Jumpers BIOS
Selectable Multipliers auto auto auto / manual auto auto / manual
FSB Range / Increments 100-250 / 1 100-248 / 1 100 - 200 / 1 133 - 200 / 1 100 - 255 / 1
Voltage
Vcore Range / Increments 1.10 - 1.85 / 0.025 1.10 - 1.85 / 0.025 1.50 - 1.70 / 0.025 1.10 - 1.85 / 0.025 1.10 - 1.85 / 0.025
Vram / Increments 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.9 n/a 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.9 2.5 - 2.9 / 0.1 (Jumpers) +0.1 / +0.2 / +0.3
Vchipset / Increments n/a n/a Vagp 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 n/a (AGP) +0.1 / +0.2 / +0.3
Board and BIOS Details
Bios Award Award Phoenix Award Award
Version 8H 1.01 1004 0410V F4
Date May 6, 2002 June 6, 2002 May 17, 2002 April 10, 2002 May 9, 2002
Motherboard Revision ? ? 1.02 0.91 1
Boot Devices Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB
Manual Interrupt Assignment no no no no yes
Special Features no legacy components: no PS/2, no seriel, no parallel n/a n/a n/a English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese. No Options to set memory timings, DualBIOS
Shared Interrupts ? ? ? ? ?
Clock Generator Realtek RTM360 ICS95021BAF ICS950224AF ICS950218AS ICS950223AF
Miscellaneous
Layout Issues n/a See Evaluation IDE Connectors framed connectors
Model Variations AX4B-533 (w/o ATA/133)
Shipment / Utilities
Manual / Quality comprehensive comprehensive, but lousy english comprehensive average not included with test sample
Languages English english only english english ?
Quick Setup Guide yes yes yes no ?
Cables 3x IDE-80, 1x Floppy 1x IDE-80, 1x IDE-40, 1x Floppy 2x IDE-80, Floppy 1x IDE-80, Floppy USB adapter (3 ports), Firewire adapter (3 ports), SPDIF adapter (optical and coax out)
USB Adapter yes, 2 ports no yes, 2 ports plus Firewire adapter w/ 2 ports no yes
Software Norton Anti Virus 2002, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5, Hardware Monitor Norton Anti Virus 2002, Norton Crash Guard, Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, DocuCom Reader 2.0, AOConfig Norton Anti Virus 2002, Norton Ghost Adobe Acrobat Reader 5, Norton Anti Virus 2001, Windows Utility
Miscellaneous no PS/2, no serial, no parallel Dr.Voice Debugging System. Online manual also included on CD Easy Tune 4 Overclocking
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